Hi Jules, I live and work in mid-suffolk, so I can answer a few of your questions. Suffolk run a standard school year with 6 half terms, not the 4/5 terms that Essex run so the holidays are different. Some of Suffolk have Middle schools at the moment, but they are being phased out. The Haverhill area is changing now, Bury St Ed in 20012 so our current Yr 1s will stay with us for Yr5 and 6. Due to this school re-organisation there isnt the amount of supply work that there has been in the past, but there seem to be lots of short term contracts. see www. suffolkjobsdirect.org which has a teaching vacancies section-which might be your best bet for info on what is available that could suit you. Sudbury is one of the larger towns so you might find it easier to find work there. Suffolk has lots of smaller (70+) rural schools so you could be asked to work with mixed age classes, but again the towns have larger schools of 200+ We moved to Suffolk 20 yrs ago and we love it, it is the second safest place to live in the country! Cant remember who beat us to the top slot, think it was somewhere like Rutland.